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Sylia Stingray by wbd Sylia Stingray by wbd
One of my favorite anime series is the old OVA series "Bubblegum Crisis". I never really understood Sylia Stingray's character design from it, however, until recently when I learned more about the artist Patrick Nagel. You may recall his work on the cover of "Rio" from "Duran Duran" (if not, it's easy enough to find).

So, I decided to draw a picture of Sylia in a sort of Nagel-esque style, and this is what I came up with. Nagel's design sense was incredible, and I loved the solid and dynamic constructions he built. I just had to try something similar after seeing it.

Art Notes:

Drawn in OpenCanvas.
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resqspc Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2014
Recognized the Nagel influence  immediately (he died while was an undergrad art major). Love your take on Sylia... any chance of one of all the girls together?
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wbd Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! I didn't draw the other sabers in that style mainly because Sylia fit it well, but I struggled to figure out a way to make the others look right.
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Rallyguy33 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2013
Oh man, I love this one. Classic BGC is one of my favorites, and I love Kenichi Sonoda's character design. You did such a great job merging that with Nagel's style. The result is classic 80's cool - just like Bubblegum Crisis. Great job!
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wbd Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! I had fun putting this together. Nagel and the 80s just go together so well, and Sylia fit both perfectly. I just had to draw it.
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UnionJack1 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2013

Dear wbd,

 

     What a really lovely picture! Also, you certainly

have gotten down the Patrick Nagel style.

     Disappointing news on the Bubblegum

Crisis movie front. Despite all the entries for 2011

and 2012 on the web,  apparently the

live-action movie is not getting made.

Sigh. In fact, double sigh.

Knight Sabers, sanjo!

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wbd Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank-you! I had fun putting this pic together. Nagel's style is such an interesting one, I had to try it out.

As for the live-action movie, perhaps it is for the best. I didn't really have high hopes for it.
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Nudesunrise Featured By Owner May 23, 2013
Ah, yes, the Rio-esque Sylia.... always liked this.
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wbd Featured By Owner May 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks, I'm glad you do! I figured that Nagel-style worked well for her.
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Nudesunrise Featured By Owner May 24, 2013
Though, I still think 2040 Sylia is prettier. :XD:
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DrLoveless99 Featured By Owner May 19, 2012
Here I was thinking how gross women smoking was (other than Faye Valentine), but good ol' Sylia looks stylish, especially with that cig holder. Yeah, and this does remind me of the cover of "Rio," style-wise.

Here I sit, typing this, smoking a cig as well. :XD:
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wbd Featured By Owner May 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, I don't really approve of smoking in general to be honest, but it's in character for Sylia. I figured I'd go with it for her, but yeah, for the most part I won't be drawing it.
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DrLoveless99 Featured By Owner May 19, 2012
Indeed.

Well, my cig is an electronic one.... that's not so bad, is it?
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wbd Featured By Owner May 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I think so, but I'm not a doctor so I can't say for sure. I just know that I've seen the end-state of too much smoking and it wasn't something I ever want to see again.
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DrLoveless99 Featured By Owner May 20, 2012
:pat:
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largo2032 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011
When I saw it, I thought 'Duran Duran!' But It is very very Noir Looking!
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wbd Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks- that was the basic feel I was going for.
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Pyeknu Featured By Owner May 3, 2011
Very nice!
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wbd Featured By Owner May 3, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks!
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Pyeknu Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2011
You're welcome.
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DrDrivelsGhost Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2011
Now if only she liked men....
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wbd Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't think that was confirmed either way in the series.
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DrDrivelsGhost Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2011
After episodes 5 and 6 (ESPECIALLY 5) I was questioning everyone.... >_>;
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UncolaMan Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2010
Lovely.

You nailed Nagel's style and use of colors, and this looks like a pic Ms. Stingray might commission.
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wbd Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks, I'm glad you liked it!
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Dualmask Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
I was going to say how much I really dig your design work here because it reminds me of classic anime. How about that. It looks great, very intense. Strong use of color gives it a striking quality that makes it hard to look away.
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wbd Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! I just tried my best to imitate the Nagel style, however.
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Dualmask Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Well, I'm not too familiar with the style, but you did a great job with it.
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Cinsev Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
nice work man, great to see you exploring different colour schemes! i always personally find it satisfying to try colours outside my comfort zone. how did you find it?
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wbd Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks, I'm glad you liked it!

This was a pretty fun picture to draw, because of Nagel's strong style and feel. Just seeing it made me want to try.
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Cinsev Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
i really love that feeling. the need to see what you can do with a completely different style. probably why my gallery has so many different things in it.
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ZK273 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nagel's style just suits Sylia quite nicely. :)
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wbd Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Agreed.
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sqeakii00 Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice... This, my friend, is freaking awesome!
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wbd Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! I don't think I really mastered the style, but I certainly learned a lot from doing this.
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sqeakii00 Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
=o it looks kinda difficult
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JDogindy Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Good work on setting Sylia up in this piece.
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:iconwbd:
wbd Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks!
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JDogindy Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome.

:)
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mayorlight Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2010  Hobbyist
Very nice rendition of Sylia.

I always liked how she appeared in Red Eyes. Appropriately, I'm listening to Rock Me! as I type this.
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wbd Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank-you! Sylia was a tricky design for the animators to get right, it seems- sometimes she looked fine, and sometimes not so much. I'm not quite sure why, however.
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MikazukiArt Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2010
Chic style : )
Miss Stingray is a very elegant lady.
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wbd Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! I wanted to pick a style to bring that out, as I had never been successful before.
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VZMk2 Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2010  Hobbyist
Nice. Do the other BGC girls.
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wbd Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! I don't know if the others would work in this style, however- it's really suited to an elegant look, rather than the looks that the other characters go for. Maybe Vision might work...
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the-kid36 Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2010  Hobbyist
very awesome my friend :D
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wbd Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks!
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the-kid36 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2010  Hobbyist
your welcome yo :D
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ZShade Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2010
Damn, I haven't thought about Nagel in years. Nice choice, man!
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wbd Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! Sylia just makes sense in the style, so I had to try it.
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Installation02 Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2010
Now this is something very different, interesting, nice ;>
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